Hans Marien

In 2004 I started studying Psychology at Utrecht University. Very soon I knew Social Psychology was my main field of interest and Social Cognition my passion. In 2006 I participated in the Honours Track of Social Psychology and started working as a research assistant for the Goallab. I received my Bachelor’s degree in 2007 and my Master of Science degree in 2009 (cum laude). In September 2009 I was happy to continue my career in the Goallab and started working on a PhD project under supervision of Henk Aarts.

I am mainly interested in nonconscious motivational processes of goal pursuit. My research focuses on the role of positive affect in these processes and I investigate their relation with conscious experiences of goal pursuit.

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Representative publications

Marien, H., Custers, R., Hassin, R. R., & Aarts, H. (2012). Unconscious goal activation and the hijacking of the executive function. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi: 10.1037/a0028955 Downloar article

Marien, H., Aarts, H., & Custers, R. (2012). Being flexible or rigid in goal-directed behavior: When positive affect implicitly motivates the pursuit of goals or means. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 227-283. Download article

Aarts, H., Custers, R., & Marien, H. (2009). Priming and authorship ascription: When nonconscious goals turn into conscious experiences of self-agency. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 967-979. Download article

Aarts, H., Custers, R., & Marien, H. (2008). Preparing and motivating behavior outside of awareness. Science, 319, 1639. Download article

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Contact information

Utrecht University
Dept. of Psychology
PO Box 80140
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands
T: +31 30 253 90 32
F: +31 30 253 47 18

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